Stade Rennais – Paris Saint-Germain: Tactical Changes And Awful Half By PSG Bring Rennes Coupe De France (2-2, 6-5 after pens)
PSG’s 3-4-2-1 formation was super dominant in the opening half hour of the Coupe de France final, constantly finding openings against Rennes’ 4-4-2 shape. It led to two goals, after which it looked extremely unlikely this game would be decided by a penalty shootout. The fact Rennes fought themselves back into the affair was both due to Julien Stéphan’s tactical changes and PSG’s own shortcomings.
Tactical analysis and match report by Carl Carpenter.
Despite winning their sixth league title in seven seasons, Thomas Tuchel’s first season at Paris Saint-Germain has fallen short of the ridiculously large expectations the capital club has placed upon themselves. Due to these expectations, the Champions League round of sixteen exit against Manchester United was a major blow for the club’s hierarchy, players and technical staff.
Winning the domestic league title and the Coupe de France are the bare minimum the German manager was expected to deliver this season, however, it still gave Tuchel a chance to end the season on a good note. Rennes came into this cup final essentially in a no-lose scenario: they are in no danger of relegation in Ligue 1 (allowing them to focus on this game fully), and were not expected to upset the odds at the Stade de France.
PSG had been without Neymar and Cavani in the business end of the season. Last week against Monaco, both players returned. For this match, Neymar found himself in the starting lineup, while Cavani was still benched.
Captain Thiago Silva and young . . .